The US Navy has formally began investigation into recent collision incidents involving four surface warship which resulted in millions in damage, the confirmed death of eight sailors and nine more sailors missing.
According to a Thursday memo outlining the scope of the review, the Navy begins 60-days review on the collisions of guided-missile destroyers USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) with merchant ships, the grounding of guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) and collision between USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) and South Korean fishing vessel, USNI reports.
Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran directed U.S. Fleet Forces commander Adm. Phil Davidson, “to lead a Comprehensive Review of surface fleet operations and incidents at sea that have occurred over the past decade with emphasis on SEVENTH Fleet operational employment to inform improvements Navy-wide.”
Moran directed Davidson examine a combination of individual and unit training, requirements for the Navy’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces and evaluate utility of the current navigational equipment aboard ship and report back by the end of October.
Davidson is requested to, “make detailed recommendations with respect to corrective actions necessary to ensure the safety of our people, safe operations at sea, and the readiness of our forces,” read the memo.
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